On bryozoans in “Scientific Reports”
Prof. Mikołaj Zapalski from the Faculty of Geology, with colleagues from Estonia, Germany and USA, investigated and described an interesting material of bryozoans from the latest Silurian (about 420 mln years ago) of Estonia. The findings indicate that the studied organisms, either in symbiosis, or alone, are able to form other mechanisms to adapt to the surroundings.
The first “dormant” black hole outside our Galaxy
An international group of astronomers with the participation of scientists from the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Warsaw discovered a “dormant” stellar-mass black hole in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighbor galaxy to our own. It is the first object of this type found outside the Milky Way.
Prof. Artur Obłuski wins the ERC Public’s Choice Award
Prof. Artur Obłuski, director of the UW Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology and leading researcher of the ERC Starting Grant UMMA, has received the Public’s Choice Award under the European Research Council’s Public Engagement with Research competition.
Internationalisation and mobility support actions
The University of Warsaw introduces a number of support initiatives within internationalisation and mobility to help visiting employees, doctoral candidates and students. Here we are presenting the actions under the “HR Excellence in Research at the UW in June” campaign.
A symbol of trust
The University of Warsaw has entered the renewal procedure of the HR Excellence in Research award. Prof. Sambor Grucza, Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Human Resources, is discussing the consequent changes that the distinction triggers and their influence on the university.
The UW mini-grants under the 4EU+ Alliance
The University of Warsaw has launched the third edition of the mini-grants programme for inter-institutional research teams under the framework of strategic partnerships. The programme can be joined by researchers including University staff members and/or doctoral candidates and students, and representatives of at least two other member universities of the 4EU+ Alliance.
Study Visits Programme for Ukrainian students and doctoral candidates at the University of Warsaw
The initiative called The Study Visits Programme for Ukrainian Students and Doctoral Candidates at the University of Warsaw aims at facilitating the students and doctoral candidates from Ukrainian universities to conduct research at the University of Warsaw. The programme was launched 27th April.
New discoveries in Oman
At the end of December, another season of archaeological fieldwork in Qumayrah Valley in Northern Oman came to a close. Archaeologists identified there another tower in a Bronze Age settlement, unearthed evidence of copper smelting and discovered a 4 thousand-year-old game board.
IDUB research infrastructure available to UW scientists
In spring 2021, 14 scientific groups obtained funding for the purchase of new research infrastructure from the “Excellence Initiative – Research University’ Programme” (IDUB). The first equipment has already been purchased – eight eye trackers requested by the Faculty of Psychology. They have been tested and are ready to use.
The enigma of Palaeozoic corals resolved
Prof. Mikołaj Zapalski from UW has contributed to the research on Palaeozoic corals. An international team of researchers has prepared a detailed analysis of perfectly preserved Oligophylloides corals from the Upper Devonian of Morocco and revealed that juvenile colonies have a skeleton that is anatomically very similar to that of some extant octocorals.
Tyre: Discovery of a new Roman Temple in the Phoenician port in Lebanon
Tyre, the Phoenician capital on the coast of Lebanon, is the site of the latest project with PCMA UW involvement. The international team researching this UNESCO World Heritage List city has recently finished a highly successful fieldwork season discovering the remains of a complex belonging to a Roman-period temple.
Optical billiards on a microscale
“Light offers a chance to revolutionise electronics. The electrons underlying the basis of this field of science encounter resistance as they move along a metal wire or a semiconductor layer. However, light can propagate through semiconductor crystals practically without losses, so it can be used instead of electrons to streamline logical operations,” says Dr. Jan Suffczyński from UW.
European experts address the COVID-19 pandemic
How should Europe deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in the future? Which strategies should be pursued, and what specific risks should be considered? European scientists, including Prof. Ewa Szczurek from the UW Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics, have published answers to these questions. The results of their work are available in journal “The Lancet”.
Detection of gravitational waves from star-eating black holes
Scientists from the UW Astronomical Observatory have contributed to the discovery of binary systems consisting of a black hole and a neutron star (NSBH). The existence of these systems was predicted by astronomers several decades ago, but they had never been observed, either through electromagnetic or gravitational signals, until now.
How to convert solar energy into green electricity or green fuel? How to make the process of artificial photosynthesis more efficient? The answer to these questions was developed by a research team led by Prof. Joanna Kargul and Dr. Margot Jacquet from the Center of New Technologies at UW. Scientists have created a universal chemical platform for the nanostructuring of electroactive proteins.
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